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Dao De Jing [Tao Te Ching]

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Chapter 49

The Quality of Indulgence

Trust in Virtue / The Virtue of Trust

  Original Legge's Translation Susuki's Translation Goddard's Translation
1 The sage has no invariable mind of his own; he makes the mind of the people his mind.
The holy man has not a heart of his own. The hundred families' hearts he makes his heart.

The wise man has no fixed heart; in the hearts of the people he finds his own.


To those who are good (to me), I am good; and to those who are not
good (to me), I am also good;--and thus (all) get to be good. To those who are sincere (with me), I am sincere; and to those who are not sincere (with me), I am also sincere;--and thus (all) get to be sincere.

The good I meet with goodness; the bad I also meet with goodness; that is virtue's goodness. The faithful I meet with faith; the faithless I also meet with faith; that is virtue's faith.

The good he treats with goodness; the not-good he also treats with goodness, for de [teh] is goodness. The faithful ones he treats with good faith; the unfaithful he also treats with good faith, for de [teh] is good faith.

3 The sage has in the world an appearance of indecision, and keeps his mind in a state of indifference to all. The people all keep their eyes and ears directed to him, and he deals with them all as his children. The holy man dwells in the world anxious, very anxious in his dealings with the world. He universalizes his heart, and the hundred families fix upon him their ears and eyes. The holy man treats them all like children. The wise man lives in the world but he lives cautiously, dealing with the world cautiously. He universalizes his heart; the people give him their eyes and ears, but he treats them as his children.
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